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Ombusdman calls for COVID-19 support for small business and sole traders

- March 18, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, requesting support for Australia’s small business sector, including the nation’s 1.4 million sole traders as the coronavirus crisis worsens. This morning the PM announced a raft of new measures including level four travel restrictions and a ban on… Read more »

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Ombudsman call for support for Business Growth Fund bill

- February 26, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has urged senators to back the Australian Business Growth Fund Bill, saying it will significantly encourage business growth and promote economic expansion. “We strongly support the investment by the Commonwealth in the Australian Business Growth Fund to provide much-needed patient capital to SMEs seeking to… Read more »

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Ombudsman says legislation needed to fix late payments

- February 14, 2020 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell says the voluntary Supplier Payment Code is ineffective and if the government is serious about getting big business to pay small business on time, legislation may be required. Carnell’s comments follow recent scandals surrounding reverse factoring in which certain larger corporations were miming data… Read more »

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Small businesses to be prioritised in bushfire recovery

- February 5, 2020 < 1 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the NSW Government’s efforts to give local businesses priority in securing rebuild work in bushfire affected communities. The NSW Government has launched a new business portal and a concierge service for local and regional businesses to access government agency procurement opportunities in areas… Read more »

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Banks still in damage control post Royal Commission

- February 3, 2020 2 MIN READ

Twelve months on from the Banking Royal Commission, the Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman Kate Carnell says there is still plenty of lessons to learn if banks are to repair the reputational damage they suffered from the findings.  Carnell suggests banks still have a long way to go if they want to regain teh… Read more »

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Getting back to business after the bushfires

- January 31, 2020 2 MIN READ

Many Australian small businesses, particularly those in bushfire-affected areas, have had a tough start to 2020. The devastation has been unprecedented and we know small businesses are hurting, writes Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell. I’ve been directly involved in the roundtable discussions with the Federal Government, regarding recovery efforts and assistance… Read more »

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Corporates put on notice for putting the squeeze on small business

- January 30, 2020 2 MIN READ

“Recent reports of big businesses using supply chain finance platforms that use artificial intelligence to calculate the discount a supplier may be willing to accept, are disturbing,” says Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise ombudsman Kate Carnell. Carnell suggests these reverse factoring practices are unfair to small business owners and allows big companies to manipulate… Read more »

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Ombudsman raises concerns on Banking Code of Practice changes

- December 18, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has raised concerns with proposed changes to the Banking Code of Practice set to go into effect in March 2020, suggesting some changes are unfair to small business owners, leaving them unprotected. “The ABA claims it has implemented the Royal Commission recommendations but it has… Read more »

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MYEFO spreads Christmas cheer to small businesses

- December 16, 2019 2 MIN READ

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has welcomed the mid-year budget update, saying it contains some welcome gifts for small businesses. “It’s encouraging to see the federal government has allocated funds to establish the national payment times reporting framework,” Ms Carnell says. “The framework will require large businesses to publish information… Read more »

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Government slashes NDIS provider redtape

- December 11, 2019 < 1 MIN READ

Speech pathologists, occupational therapist and assistive therapists will soon face less red tape when registering to provide services to clients as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The federal government has announced it will simplify the NDIS provider registration and audit process removing much of the regulatory burden faced by these small business… Read more »